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Our lab

Our lab hosts several exciting and innovative research projects funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and others, which involve the participation of babies, children and teenagers. The sessions are conducted in a friendly, stimulating environment, and are an excellent opportunity for fun and engaging activity with kids—small and big—that involves learning how scientific research is conducted. In most cases, there is also a small reward (e.g., toys, shopping vouchers) for taking part. Please see the section “Current Research” for more details. Your and your child’s involvement is crucial in contributing to developmental neuroscience research.

Our projects

Our projects include a variety of tasks: they may involve an opportunity to have brain waves measured, participate in play-based tasks, puzzles and games, computer tasks and pen-and-paper questionnaires. So far, children and parents who have taken part in our research activities have found them to be engaging and enjoyable!

Our studies

Our studies have full ethical approval, and we will ensure confidentiality and anonymity. We will never use the name of any child or parent when publishing the results. Before you decide to take part, you will receive further information about the project and our researchers will answer any questions that you may have. We will never do anything without your full consent, and you can stop at any time without giving a reason.

We rely on the goodwill of participating parents and children to conduct our research, so thank you for taking the time to read about our projects. If you know other parents and children, who might be interested in taking part, please help us by sharing this page.

Current studies

This study is currently recruiting babies born between September 2018 - January 2019.

Please contact Katie and Zenyap for further details.

We are looking for 4 to 6-year-olds to take part in our study, which looks at how children switch their attention on after watching cartoons. The study involves one 1-hour visit to our lab. Each participating child will receive a Junior Scientist Certificate and we will reimburse £5 towards the cost of travel.

For more information, please contact Chloe or Kasia.
We are looking for young people aged 12-17 to take part in a study about teenage future thinking and decision-making. The study involves one 2-hour visit to our lab and each participating teenager will receive a £20 shopping voucher.
For more information please contact Sahir or Jennifer.
New insights into how the infant brain subserves dynamic social interactions.
Almost everything we know about how attention ‘happens’ in the brain has come from studying individuals in isolation. However, most early attention and cognitive learning takes place in shared contexts, during social interactions with a partner. We know little of the neural mechanisms by which information is shared between babies’ and parents’ brains while they engage in social interaction. The project is funded by a Research Project Grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

Thank you for your support

The children in our catchment area come from some of the most socioeconomically and demographically diverse areas in the UK, and we would like our research population to reflect this diversity. Without participation, we would not be able to complete this project and make new discoveries in developmental neuroscience that may contribute to improving children’s lives.

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